I can’t write a page about Ashtanga Yoga Retreats and not put this on it. This is the grandaddy of them all! The KPJAYI is where serious yogis come to deepen their knowledge and practice. This is the place where certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga is granted. Note I said granted, not given because you don’t just take a 200, 300 or 500 hour course and get a certificate. Do not go here expecting to complete teacher training as certificates are only granted when they feel you are ready. You stay at the institute for a one month minimum, maximum 3 months, practicing yoga in the morning at the time slot you are given (can be very very early!!!) six days a week and resting on Saturdays and the day of the full moon. The teacher is R Sarath Jois, the grandson of the late K Pattabhi Jois. On Friday’s and Sunday’s you will do a led practice the other days are Mysore (at your own pace) with Sarath on looking. If you’re looking for alot of personal attention and hand holding the KPJAYI is probably not the best place for you. Mainly people are there to absorb the energy of their fellow yogis and practice with the best. Sarath will give you the next pose when he feels you are ready. After you have completed your time at the institute you are allowed to return no less than 6 months later.
Costs and prices are not listed for these Ashtanga Yoga Retreats and can only be obtained by contacting them. If you’re really serious about getting a pure traditional Ashtanga experience check this one out, but be ready to work hard at your practice.